How to Clean a Car Battery Tray

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Maintenance for the metal tray on a car battery. Learn how to clean a car battery tray in this free video.

Part of the Video Series: How to Change a Car Battery
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Hi, I'm Aaron Gregory on behalf of Expert Village. And, we're going to talk about what happens when your car battery dies, how to select a new battery, and how to see what the problem is. Now, that we have the battery out of the car. We're going to take a look at the battery tray here and see if there's any servicing that we need to do. There's a plastic guard that keeps some of the battery acid off of the metal tray. So, let's pull it out and see what the metal tray looks like after twenty years of having this battery close to it. It's pretty rusty and any paint has vanished long ago. You can clean these components with the baking soda/water solution to neutralize the acid. And, then treat the rust, maybe wire brushing off the loose rust and try not to fluff it up and spread it around in your engine compartment because it's pretty abrasive. Rinsing it down with some water. Cleaning this area. As you can see, there's lots of crunchy old paint and nasty stuff. For this old car, we're just going to put the battery in and try to get to our next destination.

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